Shock and awe: Korea v Hungary

Finally got around to having a proper look at the Korea v Hungary semifinal from Kazan. There are a couple of standout features of the match, which I might take a look at over the next couple of days.

It was interesting to watch the Koreans switch tactics based on their opponents. Desci just got blindsided by fast 4m attacks which he was simply not quick enough to respond to. Against Gemesi, who was fast but tense, they used a different approach. See if you can spot the common themes here:

Here’s Kim, setting up with an advanced lunge as only Kim can:

Here’s Won, deploying his patented “Run Away” stop cut:

Here’s Gu, adding a bit of delicacy to it with a nice line:

Set up with a big attack to rattle the opponent, then be ready with the attack on prep when he rushes in. There were a ton of these, but this trio was the nicest.

Here’s the full match:

It was the best match all day for the Korean team. They dominated every bout except for a couple of good runs from Szilagyi: 6/5 against Kim (who was robbed of 3 points which should have made it 2/5, IMHO: starting from the parry at 23:10, followed by two out of the next three attacks which were called simul), and 8/5 against Won (who had a 16 point lead and did not seem unduly concerned).

We’ll have a look at some of the other interesting points tomorrow.

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